Raj Fernando Participant in CGI America Annual Meeting

I am honored to have had the opportunity to attend the third meeting of CGI America last month. It’s an annual event that gathers thought leaders and various experts to work towards finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Host President Clinton brought together nearly a thousand leaders from varying businesses, foundations, NGOs, and government sectors with the intention of working together to find alternative solutions for the critical issues currently facing the United States. As a participant in the conference I was able to contribute my own perspective on various issues and topics within these discussions.

The impact of CGI America’s commitment is large and covers a range of issues.  At the conference we learned that, when fully funded and implemented, CGI provides STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education opportunities for over 200,000 students, creates more than 10,000 jobs, and it reclaims 1.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases through energy efficiency efforts and projects.

The impact of CGI America is great and is bringing positive change to the business, energy, and educational sectors in the United States. I am honored to be a member of CGI in continuing to improve the lives of others, around the world. For more information about the CGI initiatives discussed at the third annual meeting, please visit CGI’s website: http://www.cgiamerica.org/

Chopper Trading and Intramural Soccer

At Chopper Trading, we create an environment for our teams to work well together inside and outside of the office.  To that point, we have designated an Intramural Captain to organize all of our intramural sports. Our team is registered through a local event organizer, Chicago Sport and Social. The league is primarily men and women looking for a fun and competitive outlet to participate in, outside of work.

Most of our games are held in Lincoln Park or other downtown Chicago locations. Our longest running and favorite team sport at Chopper is soccer. We recently closed out our fourth spring soccer season with a strong team of 16 employees who led the firm to a successful season with a winning 6-3 record! If you are looking for a way to stay active and be social after work, I encourage you to look into some of the sports and activities that our wonderful city has to offer. And if you’re feeling especially confident, form a soccer team and challenge Chopper out on the soccer field!